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Obamacare wrong step in the right direction for health care

Photo Courtesy of MCT Campus - U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the move by the Democratic-controlled Senate to invoke the so-called "nuclear option" during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on November 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

By Austin Norville ’15

Obamacare continues to anger Republicans, and citizens are losing faith and trust in their government preventing any steps forward in improving health care.

Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, is a bill passed that allows those without health insurance to receive it and financial aid, and employers will have to provide workers with health benefits.

According to Obama, this would not affect those already on health insurance; also they would be able to stay with their current provider if it met the requirements of the ACA.

That has not been the case as many are receiving letters stating that they are being dropped by their insurance provider forcing Obama to change his message.

Obama said people dropped needed to look for a new insurance provider, however he has changed that, saying that those who were dropped must be put back on their insurance policy for up to a year.

The main website for Obamacare has had many problems, causing low enrollment numbers for the new plan

Washington was not prepared for something this large.

Republicans are unwilling to budge when it comes to Obamacare and are fighting to remove the bill from law. This is also one of the reasons for the government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost the country approximately $2 billion.

This plan seems to be doing more harm than good as Washington, D.C. becomes more split between the Democrats and Republicans as they cannot come to a consensus.

Although I believe health care reform is a correct step that needs to be taken to improve our country, it was poorly executed and there are so many problems that have risen that Obamacare is becoming more of a disservice to the people it is trying to serve.

A revised plan needs to be proposed where the House and Senate can come to an agreement on what a reform should look like so that it can benefit all citizens instead of negatively impacting anyone.

I know that Obamacare was passed with the intention of helping the poor and sick, but more damage than rebuilding has been done and that needs to change.

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